SAYING YES TO THE POSITIVE AND NO TO THE NEGATIVE

One of the pivotal concepts of Naked Civics is civic design, under which falls a slew of concepts. One such concept, community building, is of particular interest to me today.

My friend Greg Fuson wrote a piece in The Vine last month about rules and principles, and in the piece he posed a great question about homeowner associations. (more…)

URBAN CRIME ON THE DECLINE

According to this article in The Atlantic, crime in America’s urban areas has dropped to the lowest it’s been in 40 years. My initial thought is that in an economy that’s hurting as much as ours, crime and violence would skyrocket. So why is it that now, of all times, crime rate is so low? I personally think it’s the culmination of proactive, forward thinkers and the efforts of urban communities. (more…)

THE NEIGHBORHOOD AS AN EXTENSION OF THE HOME

Back when the American economy was thriving, it used to be difficult to sell a new home if it wasn’t equipped with the newest and greatest amenities, like a gym or a hair salon.  The value of a home is based on a slew of factors, including greenery, safe streets, nearby public transportation, and bike trails, but in suburbia, additional amenities are imperative. (more…)